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:''For the emperor who ruled from 276 to 282, see Marcus Aurelius Probus.'' '''Marcus Aurelius''' (; ;In Classical Latin, Aurelius' name would be inscribed as MARCVS AVRELIVS ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS. 26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD) was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus' death in 169. He was the last of the Nerva–Antonine dynasty#Five Good Emperors|Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important stoicism|Stoic philosophers. During his reign, the Roman Empire|Empire defeated a revitalized Parthian Empire in the East; Aurelius' general Avidius Cassius sacked the capital Ctesiphon in 164. In central Europe, Aurelius fought the Marcomanni, Quadi, and Sarmatians with success during the Marcomannic Wars, with the threat of the Germanic peoples|Germanic tribes beginning to represent a troubling...
Reign8 March 161–169
(with Lucius Verus);
169–177 (alone);
177 – 17 March 180
(with Commodus)
PredecessorAntoninus Pius
SuccessorCommodus
Issue14, incl. Commodus, Marcus Annius Verus, Antoninus and Lucilla
DynastyAntonines|Antonine
FatherMarcus Annius Verus (praetor)|Marcus Annius Verus
MotherDomitia Lucilla
Birth date{{birth date|121|4|26|df=y}}
Birth placeRome
Death date{{death date and age|180|3|17|121|4|26|df=y}}
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